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- Heating and Ventilation in Schools: Versatile Group rises to the challenge
Andrew Treacy, Versatile Group MD, discusses the importance of effective heating and ventilation in the school environment, covering regularity compliance as well as delivering comfort and a safe, productive environment. Building regulations and an ever-increasing emphasis on compliance mean specifying heating and ventilation systems for school buildings can present a major challenge for today’s architects system designers. In recent years new measures have meant strict new standards on energy efficiency, ventilation, indoor air quality (IAQ) and acoustic control in the education sector. The problem We know that oxygen is the most vital element for the human body to function correctly so naturally we know that an inadequate supply is likely to have some negative health implications. Therefore, in any indoor environment, a poor heating and ventilation system, especially one that does not supply enough oxygen, will increase the chances of occupants suffering from health-related problems. A large number of people in a confined space over a long period will lead to stale air and an excessive build-up of CO2. This can result in headaches, dizziness, aggression, feelings of lethargy, nausea and a drop in concentration levels. In a school environment, these symptoms can have a devastating effect on the pupil and teacher performance and contribute to higher levels of sickness or absenteeism. Children spend a significant part of their day inside school buildings and in particular, often in densely-populated classrooms. A fresh, healthy supply of air is essential to help them remain alert and perform to the best of their ability. Installing an effective ventilation system in a building is a fundamental way to reduce carbon dioxide levels, and to remove harmful indoor pollutants to ensure the most productive indoor environment. The Government’s commitment to education reform means significant opportunities for those serving the sector. However, we must ensure resources are focused on tackling the most important priorities. One such priority is investment in energy-efficient heating and ventilation systems that not only improve educational experience but also help to tackle the sizeable contribution schools make to public sector carbon emissions. Ventilation solutions Ventilation in school buildings has been addressed in the Government’s Building Bulletin 101, a regulatory framework introduced in 2005 that designers must incorporate into their plans for new school buildings. While opening a window to increase ventilation may seem like an obvious option, in practice it is rarely the best one, not least because of strict regulatory requirements on acoustic control as set out in Building Bulletin 93. During the heating season, heat will escape through the open window resulting in energy loss and there will be an increased security risk. This also exposes children to air pollutants, which can be particularly damaging to their health. Poor ventilation results in high humidity and condensation, which encourages the growth of mould and dust mites, one of the key triggers for asthma. In most cases, the capital and lifetime costs of air conditioning systems make them an unlikely specification for education establishments. Schools require a ventilation system that will regulate air quality and react automatically to provide more fresh air whenever a room needs it. Such a system must be able to respond quickly enough to deal with a constantly changing indoor climate. For example, throughout the day CO2 levels will rise and fall depending on pupil numbers, time spent in the room and the type of activity taking place. Oxygen is a Schools Solution that is simply smarter for everyone OXYGEN is an intelligent and fully controllable heating and ventilation solution that optimises IAQ in an energy-efficient way for an optimal learning environment. It works by combining unique displacement ventilation with an integrated heating system and complete controllability – all of which makes it simply smarter than other options – available on three levels: 1. Optimal ventilation: Unique displacement ventilation ensures optimal indoor air quality 2. Integrated heating (and night time cooling): In-built heating & free cooling solution ensures optimal temperature 3. Complete controllability: Smart system ensures optimal performance and energy efficiency Typical school case study Jaga’s oXygen heating and air refreshment was installed in a recently built, two-storey sixth form building. Comprising five teaching rooms, a common room and media and editing suites, the new facility is providing pupils and staff with all-in-one energy-efficient heating and ventilation that is also contributing to an improved indoor environment. Twenty-five low water content nZEB radiators incorporating oXygen units have been installed with small fans inside the radiators, which introduce fresh air from outside directly into the room. During the winter season this air is pre-heated before distribution. A sensor in each room continuously measures CO2 levels and reacts when they become too high by removing stale air through an exhaust built into the roof. This is then replaced by precisely the right quantity of clean, fresh air from outside. The system only allows the fans to operate when there is a need for fresh air so over-ventilating is avoided and therefore money is not wasted. Specification Commenting on the specification for the project, Andrew Treacy of Versatile Heating, Cooling & Ventilation said: “As always, we needed to supply a system that was fit for purpose and one that would comply with building regulations. The oXygen system met this challenge with ease but there were also other far-reaching benefits to be had in the form of a healthier indoor climate for all, along with significant energy and cost savings. “We are committed to achieving the highest standards in environmental sustainable design in the projects we serve so the all ‘round energy-efficiency benefits of the oXygen system strike a real chord with our customers. The free nighttime cooling feature of the system draws cool air in during the evening, helping to keep the building cool during the hot summer months. This is an attractive alternative to expensive, energy-intensive air conditioning and we strongly recommended that schools such as this one take full advantage of this added benefit.” Take-Away The problems that poor heating and ventilation in a school can bring are endless yet it is something that can be corrected. During this time of concentrated investment in school buildings it is important to pay careful attention to upgrading heating and ventilating systems in Irish schools to deliver not only greater energy-efficiency but also an environment that will assist our children in achieving the highest levels of educational performance. Register for Versatile's CIBSE & RIBA accredited on demand CPD Webinar "Ventilation in Schools" to explore the topic further. For additional information or assistance in the specification of effective ventilation in schools/universities/colleges, please contact our HVAC Specialists at 046.902.9444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Why use Radiant Panels on Hospital Wards
The best heating solution for healthcare settings Healthcare Heating solutions need to be adaptable, offer safety and deter the risk of infection, as well as enable temperature adjustment to prevent overheating. Radiant Heating and Cooling panels offer an innovative, discreet, efficient and safe heating alternative to wall mounted radiators and underfloor heating. It delivers on all objectives required for heating in a healthcare setting. The benefits of Radiant Heating & Cooling include: ▪️ An even distribution of heating and cooling ▪️ Easy to clean and virtually maintenance free ▪️ Distribution of heat via water inhibits the circulation of dust, mould, bacteria and viruses ▪️ Unobtrusive and frees up wall space ▪️ Can easily be relocated ▪️ No noise How Radiant Panels meet the strict efficiency and safety requirements for healthcare settings Safety first The built environment can play a significant role in the transmission of infection. Mitigating this risk when it comes to heating is therefore critical. Certain types of heating are unsuitable for healthcare environments. Underfloor heating, for example, is not an appropriate choice for most healthcare areas, which are more likely to become soiled with bodily fluids. While bulky radiators take up valuable wall-space and become obstacles with the potential to cause accidental bumps and scrapes. Radiant Heating and Cooling panels help to reduce the transmission of infection in a number of ways: ▪️ They are ceiling mounted, so are clear of blood and body substance spills ▪️ As heat is distributed via water, rather than air, circulation of dust, mould, fungi, bacterium or viruses is not an issue ▪️ Versatile provide panels with an anti-microbial coating as standard, which inhibits bacterial growth to prevent the spread of infection, such as E. coli and MRSA The IPC requirements for those using mental health and learning disability environments must be made in conjunction with health and safety teams, risk management teams and clinicians when advising on the built environment. All fixtures and fittings in mental health environments, for example, must be anti-ligature. Radiant ceiling panels are a safe alternative. Adaptability As has been highlighted with the recent Covid-19 pandemic, the demands on our healthcare system are huge. Spaces within healthcare settings are no longer bound by a long-term single use. Today’s heating solutions must offer a greater level of adaptability. Radiant panels can be easily moved within ceiling grids to accommodate changes in the use of spaces. For example, panels can be aligned with new bed layouts in wards. Radiant Heating & Cooling offers flexibility without huge cost – many other heating systems (such as underfloor heating, for example) would be extremely costly and disruptive to move. Efficiency and temperature control With healthcare budgets continually squeezed, value for money in all aspects of the health and care context is essential. That includes all aspects of heating from install costs to long-term energy efficiency gains. Certain areas in healthcare buildings, such as outpatient waiting areas, will only be in use at particular times of the day. Radiant Heating & Cooling panels address heating waste as they only direct heat to occupants, conserving energy when a space isn’t being used. Cleaning and maintenance Radiant Heating & Cooling offers considerable advantages over other heating solutions. There are no moving parts which means panels have limited maintenance requirements. They have a long life cycle and are easy to clean using a cloth and mild detergent. Heating has a significant role to play in making our hospitals and health facilities as comfortable, efficient and therapeutically robust as possible. Radiant heating and cooling offers significant energy-saving benefits and creates a safer, cleaner environment for all. Register for Versatile's RIAI, RIBA & CIBSE accredited CPD Webinar "Designing Radiant Heating and Cooling Systems" For information on the complete Radiant Heating & Cooling Ceiling Panels, contact our specialists. Tel: +353 (0)46 902 9444 or email email@example.com
- The Logical Choice for Logistics Centres
Radiant Heating and Cooling Delivering comfort, energy-saving operation and flexibility when designing the heating and cooling system for large spaces, including high-bay warehouses and logistics centres, can be challenging. Versatile Group’s range of Zehnder radiant ceiling panels provide a solution that works with heat pumps to help achieve nZEB standards and save more than 40% energy by efficiently heating and cooling large buildings. Suitable for all rooms from approximately two metres to 50 metres in height, the ZBN radiant panel is particularly suited to large spaces. It is available in many different dimensions, with the exact length tailored to the building in question. Special solutions can also be manufactured. In addition to economic efficiency – with possible energy savings of over 40%, no additional electricity costs for driving energy and no maintenance or servicing costs – the comfortable climate is a key benefit. The system uniquely delivers a uniform, comfortable heat distribution throughout the room and across the entire height of the building with no dust dispersal and no noise. The technology provides an extremely quick system response to temperature changes. Thermal insulation is installed ex-works and the ceiling design allows for unrestricted use of floor and wall space. The variety of solutions is also noteworthy, with lengths of strips up to approximately 120m (sub-length up to 7.5m), with a perforated design for sound absorption and a high-quality powder coating in a range of colours. Versatile has developed a 45-minute CPD webinar on Designing Radiant Heating and Cooling Systems. It is accredited by CIBSE, RIBA and RIAI, and explores the available energy-saving solutions, how they operate and the benefits that radiant systems can offer. Register here. For information on the complete nZEB range of heating, cooling and ventilation solutions, contact our nZEB specialists. Tel: +353 (0)46 902 9444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org